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Distance Running (Marathon) And Lifting

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So, I'm pretty new to this website, but I thought it might be able to answer a question or two about running and weightlifting. I've looked around the internet for anything like my questions, but I haven't found anything solid that can answer my question specifically. 

 

A little about me (it might be important): I'm a high school student, I run track and cross country, and I also wrestle. I've been trying to make some gains strength-wise, so I started on the 5x5 program. Recently, I've been unable to complete relatively low weights (195 squat, 155 bench, 235 deadlift when I'm a 5'10", 168 pound male). I have a feeling this is due to bad form or an inconsistency with my schedule, so I was thinking of restarting to try and improve both, especially with the time I'll have from summer.

 

However, I'm planning on running a marathon in the fall (my official 18 week training program starts in about a week). The program has running almost every day of the week (the two I'm thinking are here and here, but I'm not stuck to a program, so I can go easier or harder). I know long distance doesn't really work with weightlifting (at least not competitively), but I'm not doing anything competitive with either; I'm just looking for some gains in both running and strength. 

 

I could also drop a few pounds, just to trim around the edges (in January, I was 140 for wrestling, but was cutting hard to be there). 

 

Nothing I've found so far accommodates for actually running a marathon, so I was wondering if anyone knew of anything, program wise, diet wise, etc. 

 

TL;DR I'm I high school student who'd like to run a marathon, make some strength gains, and drop a couple pounds. Is there a weightlifting program that accommodates marathon training or vice versa? If so, what dietary changes will I need to make? 

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Running a marathon is a completely different ball game. I'd focus on the marathon and worry about lifting after, especially if this is your first.

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Take a look at this: http://www.completehumanperformance.com/

Good articles on that site.

The guy lifts, and runs marathon, so apparently knows his stuff.

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You may even contact Alex Viada (from the site that Wolfman linked to) for coaching.  It does cost money, but he won't steer you wrong.  One thing is for certain: you'll have to be minimalistic in both efforts.  Nothing extra than what was outlined for strength training or running.  No pick-up runs or trying out maxes, etc.  You'll also need to eat like a horse to support the demands of both activities.

 

You'll have to look at a program that's designed for athletes and not for powerlifters.  The conditioning demands of powerlifting are pretty minimal, while the conditioning demands of marathon training are maximal.  If your strength efforts are somewhere in the middle it won't work against the conditioning near as much.  Also, put ego on hold.  You can't serve two masters at once.  Get stronger and more confident with weight on your back, but don't worry about chasing numbers.

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Thanks for the help! Yeah, Wolfman led me to an actual running/lifting plan that Alex Viada made, so I'm still looking through those. I'm considering contacting him, just because it'd be nice to get some specifics on what weights, form, etc, but I'm not sure yet. 

 

Thanks for the replies

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Maverick, do you think it's possible to run his marathon program in this without having to contact him?

Part 1

Part 2

 

You can skip to the second part, it has the schedule in it. 

I feel like it would be beneficial to talk to him, but I also am not sure if it's necessary. 

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@TTTTTttttimmmmm, If he made the program public, then yes.  When you run into problems though, he can make adjustments or help you figure out how to work through it.

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